A former British protectorate, Kuwait became independent in 1961. While it is the only gulf nation to hold legislative elections, the Al-Sabah family has held the real power for the last two centuries. Nevertheless, the government has been able to exercise enough power to force the resignation of several cabinet ministers and impose some legislation despite the objections of the royal family.
Sunni Islam is the state religion. Religious tolerance in Kuwait is significantly higher than in most of the region. Immigrant religious minorities are permitted some worship facilities; however, proselytizing Muslims is forbidden, and Shariah influences much of the legal system. Teaching Christianity is prohibited, even to legally recognized Christians.
- Pray that Christians in Kuwait will be a living testimony of the grace and love of Jesus Christ to their Muslim neighbours and co-workers.
- Pray for continued reforms within the government, allowing more freedom for the people.
- Pray for those Kuwaitis who hear and want to respond, as cultural and familial pressures prevent many from following Christ.